NOAO Currents

June 2015  •  Issue 34

 

Currents

Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

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DECam Legacy Survey Announces First Data Release

UGC 12589 from DECaLS
Image credit: Kevin Napier and John Moustakas (Siena College) & DECam Legacy Survey

The first data release from the public DECaLS survey includes optical imaging of 3100 square degrees of extragalactic sky and describes the properties of approximately 140 million unique sources. Dive into survey images and explore the Universe with the survey’s Sky Viewer. Calibrated images and catalogs are available online. The open data, open software policy adopted by the survey is designed to maximize reuse of the data and its science impact. DECaLS capitalizes on the wide-field imaging capability of DECam at CTIO and is led by David Schlegel (LBNL) and Arjun Dey (NOAO). Read more…

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